Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

by Peter Roop, Connie Roop
     
 

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"I was dirty from my journey and my pockets were stuffed out with shirts and stockings. I knew no soul nor where to look for lodging. I was very hungry."

With these words, Benjamin Franklin describes his arrival in Philadelphia in 1723. He had run away from Boston in search of a job at a printer's shop. Ben quickly became known as more than a skilled printer.

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"I was dirty from my journey and my pockets were stuffed out with shirts and stockings. I knew no soul nor where to look for lodging. I was very hungry."

With these words, Benjamin Franklin describes his arrival in Philadelphia in 1723. He had run away from Boston in search of a job at a printer's shop. Ben quickly became known as more than a skilled printer. During his busy life, he invented bifocals and the Franklin stove. He founded a university and a fire department, and he helped to create the Constitution.

In Their Own Words: Benjamin Franklin tells the exciting story of Ben Franklin's life using his newspaper articles and personal recollections. Hear Ben's story as if you were really there.

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Children's Literature
Who was this man whose genius left its mark on everything he touched? The Roops have done an outstanding job of presenting Franklin, using words that he himself penned. The reader follows him in his family life, his travels, his inventions (big things, like the postal service and free libraries, and smaller things, like bifocals and the glass armonica), and his central political role in forming the brand new United States of America. The book includes illustrations, photos, original documents, a chronology, a bibliography, suggestions for further reading, an index and even some informative Internet sites. In other words, not only is it a story well told, but also a source that any social studies or history teacher will want in the classroom. This biography belongs on every elementary schoolroom bookshelf and on students' reading lists—and because of its inexpensive format, students can afford to own their own copies. 2000, Scholastic, $4.50. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer:Earlene Viano

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439271790
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
In Their Own Words Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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